Founder of ELEVEN
Billee is the CEO and Chief Artist in Residence of BRANDthropologie Media, an artist collective and consultancy dedicated to the study of the intersection of art + commerce, and the business possibilities its union presents. She is the author of the book WE-Commerce, which studies the sharing economy and the generation of artists of business and collaborative communications platforms driving it forward. She is also a contributor to both Forbes and the Huffington Post on similar topics.
Billee was born under both a Sagittarius moon and triple Sag rising, highly unusual, making her astrologically a non-conformist since birth. She continued this tradition throughout her career, first as the U.S. Press Secretary to the President of the Philippines at age 22, then as the youngest EVP at Weber Shandwick in the agency’s history at 28, finally reinventing herself as a best-selling author and one of the first ever Chief Engagement Officers in the new era of sharing and collaboration. Billee also has a shih tzu, Bugsy Morrison Howard, named after the gangster, Bugsy Siegel, and the ultimate rock and roll rebel, Jim Morrison.
Founder of ELEVEN
As a child, Chanel Cathey built a newsroom under the kitchen table and spent mornings editing newspaper headlines with her parents. Her lifelong passion for media led her to work in communications and strategy for three of the world’s biggest brands before she turned 30 years old. Chanel is a marketing and PR industry veteran having worked at world-class companies such as Viacom, ABC News and Unilever. She consults with small businesses and startup organizations and also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University.
She knows what she wants and boldly goes after it and loves giving back to her community. Chanel graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Political Science and Communication and Media Studies. She received her MPA specializing in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU. Chanel served on the White House Project’s Millennial Advisory Council and currently serves on the Advisory Board for She’s The First supporting her commitment to empowering women and girls. She is also on the Board of Directors for the HIV / AIDS advocacy organization Lifebeat.
Chair, ELEVEN New York II
Melissa is the Co-Creator and CEO of Dagne Dover, a handbag and accessories brand known for being “the perfect handbag” and one of Instagram’s most successful brands. Prior to founding Dagne Dover, Melissa managed Coach’s $100MM wholesale businesses and introduced the Coach brand to the European market. She then attended Wharton Business School, where she developed and launched the Dagne Dover brand. It has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Forbes and Refinery 29.
A self-described non-conformist, Melissa spots opportunity by thinking “a little left of center”. She observes people and cultures as a source of creativity and inspiration. She realized that multi-tasking women on the go needed a handbag that can keep them organized. So she co-founded Dagne Dover as a stylish collection that organizes everyday essentials like laptops, tablets, smartphones, credit cards, water bottles and more.
Co-Chair, ELEVEN, Los Angeles
Allyson is a career veteran and maverick in the entertainment industry having worked for William Morris, Rubinstein PR and the Hollywood Bowl just to name a few. She has invented innovative platforms to launch musical artists and top nightclub brands globally, and currently runs her own entertainment management consulting business in West Hollywood, while also serving as the head of BRANDthropologie West.
Chair, ELEVEN, Chicago
Shannon is among the world’s leading authorities on CSR. Having served in various capacities in this regard at global consultancy powerhouse PricewaterHouse Coopers, Shannon currently acts as the firm’s Chief Purpose Officer and is a widely renowned disruptor in the realm of purposeful business and the new thinking needed to drive it forward.
Chair ELEVEN New York III
Carol O’Rourke is Executive Director, the Coalition for Debtor Education (CDE), a non-profit that teaches financial education. Her current role leverages her prior experience as a teacher and as a Senior VP in Marketing/Sales at Smith Barney/Citi. She holds an MA in History from Boston College, and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and will shortly be designated as a Certified Financial Planner.
Chair ELEVEN New York III
Lisa Patti is a leading speech and language pathologist with a focus on helping executives master effective communication and cultural assimilation techniques for maximum career impact. She disrupted speech pathology from of therapy to agent of business change and innovation. She is a game-changing communication coach that empowers people to consistently be at their best. She understands the power of human communication and it’s ability to transform relationships, and career paths.
She has worked with students, performers and professionals from across industries, and from countries. Lisa is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and holds a certificate in Certificate in Developing Intercultural Training Skills.
Deepti Sharma Kapur
Chair, ELEVEN New York IV
Deepti Sharma Kapur is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, an online marketplace where local businesses can order team meals from the best local restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Her goal is to help businesses feed employees great food and build stronger work cultures, while also helping local mom & pop food vendors use technology to build sustainable catering businesses. For this work, she was honored in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2013. Deepti is extremely active in her community and serves as a board member for both The Business Center for New Americans and The Learning About Multimedia Project, non-profit organizations that work with immigrant business owners and children, respectively.
Deepti believes deeply in the importance of “paying it forward” and shares her experiences with others to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. She recently co-founded the Mountaintop Program, an initiative that brings innovators and entrepreneurs into New York City schools to mentor and inspire K-12 students. She also joined Mayor De Blasio’s WE NYC initiative, where she mentors advises other female entrepreneurs on starting their own businesses. Deepti was also named as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, where she meets with other young business leaders to drive positive change in their community.
Chair, ELEVEN New York V
Dana’s story began in East Germany in a city called Dresden. In 1989, at age 10, when the Berlin wall came down, she never dreamed that one day she would go to law school or move to the USA to work as a lawyer because that wasn’t a possibility for most people in East Germany at the time.
Fast-forward 15 years, she completed law school and started her legal career in the Munich office of a top U.S. law firm, Skadden Arps. At age 27, she packed her suitcase and moved to the U.S. to join the Skadden team in Washington D.C. and has never looked back leaving behind a loving family, lifelong friends & tightly knit community. That’s being fearless & driven.
After arriving in the U.S. and working for Skadden in DC, Dana obtained an LL.M./ master’s degree at George Washington University. She was also admitted to practice law in New York and Georgia. While working at Skadden she found her passion for Compliance and white-collar crimes. This discovery motivated her to take in-house positions as Compliance Manager with Mercedes-Benz USA and later with Commerzbank AG New York Branch.